What does it mean to have poor leg health?
Muscles in your feet and legs help your veins move blood to the heart. The veins also have one-way valves that keep the blood from flowing backwards. The valves open as blood flows toward the heart and then close to prevent blood from flowing backward toward the feet.
Problem #1: When the valves in your veins are not working well, it can be hard for your blood to move up toward your heart. This can lead to pooling of deoxygenated blood in the veins and cause swelling, aches, pains and even sores in the lower legs.
Problem #2: The pumping action of the calf muscles helps push blood in the veins up toward the heart. If your muscles are getting weak, they may not be working well enough to help push blood back to the heart.
Poor leg health is medically referred to as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Signs & Symptoms
- Ankle or leg swelling
- Tired & achy legs
- Heaviness in the legs
- Skin discoloration
- Varicose veins
- Burning or throbbing
- Leg cramping/weakness
- Sores on your legs
- Family history
- Inactivity – Sedentary
- Muscle weakness
- Injury to the legs
- Varicose veins
- Older Age
If you have more than one risk factor and have been experiencing signs & symptoms please do not ignore them. Check your legs regularly for changes and visit your family doctor about your leg health.
Graduated Compression Socks
Compression socks act as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.
Be Active. Being inactive or sedentary causes your calf muscle to weaken and reduce circulation of blood to the heart. Frequent breaks from sitting, lower leg exercises & regular walking will help significantly.
Healthy leg habits will help prevent and treat poor leg health. Wearing compression socks and being active will make a real difference. Here a few other good habits:
- Uncross your legs when sitting
- Avoid high heels
- Elevate your legs
- Limit tub time. Take Showers.
- Moisturize your skin
- Watch your weight